The LOTR Movie Site
November 5, 2000

What's Wrong With This Picture?

I attach a copy of the picture ('preview 10') which appears on your site under 'Images/Official Pictures'. This still from the Official Preview shows what can only be the attack of the Nazgul at Weathertop.

This may seem nitpicking, but I wonder if anyone else has even noticed What's Wrong With This Picture -- that is to say, how it has been 'adapted' from Tokien's text for visual impact in the film?

First, in the background, we clearly see standing several standing pillars or arches. Yet in the text the ruins atop Weathertop are described as "a wide ring of ancient stone-work, now crumbling or covered with agelong grass" and  Strider says it was "burned and broken, and nothing remains of it now but a tumbled ring." Certainly this is not what we see in the background of this picture, is it?

But What's REALLY Wrong is, the attack does not take place atop Weathertopat all! In fact, in the text, it takes place "On the western flank of Weathertop [in] a sheltered hollow, at the bottom of which there was a bowl-shaped dell with grassy sides," some "half an hour's plodding climb" beneath the ruins.

As I said, it may seem nitpicking. My point is that if no one has even noticed this, or thought it worth mentioning, then perhaps other concerns about Jackson's 'adapting' Tokien's work may turn out to be nitpicking as well.